Qualcomm, the US-based chaps who provide Snapdragon processors for a huge number of smartphones, have warned that its third-party factories are struggling to meet demand.
Indeed, we’re told that supply of the Snapdragon S4 chip, in particular, might peter out before the end of the year. Oh, the humanity!
The issue will affect Android and Windows Phone manufacturers who hoped to go down the Snapdragon S4 route. The Snapdragon S4 is found in the likes of the HTC One S, Asus PadFone and the Panasonic Eluga Power.
But don’t worry; Qualcomm has a plan.
"In any constrained environment, people look for any alternative they can in order to solve the problem," sobbed Steve Mollenkopf, Qualcomm’s chief operating officer. "We've been helping customers to see how they can swap in our Fusion 2 chipset, which is the chipset that we have been ramping over the last 8 months in production.”
However, Steve concedes: “We do expect to see some alternative non-Qualcomm chipsets being used to solve that issue as well."
Qualcomm's shares tumbled over 7% in the hours following the announcement.